Smoking Cessation Text Message Update Jun 18 2019 On Friday the 14 June 2019 Vensa Health in conjunction with Island Bay Medical Centre sent out a text message to many of our patients regarding their smoking status – many ex-smokers and non-smokers received this message - our apologies for any inconvenience caused. This caused a few patients to be concerned about privacy - Vensa have contacted the privacy commissioner and the Ministry of Health for an updated ruling and guidance. (see Vensa's message below) Vensa Health is supporting many practices and District Health Boards nationwide to help with health related targets. This saves our nurses and doctors hours of work so that they can spend more time on direct patient related contact/work Message from Vensa Health This is a short notice from Vensa Health updating you on the exciting new tech offerings your trusted GP, and Vensa, are bringing to market. All aimed at making health care more affordable and accessible in the community. Recently a Wellington-based practice ran their first Ministry of Health required campaign contacting smoking patients to help reduce smoking and related illnesses. Vensa was proud to be a part of this and we look forward to providing more technology to help improve the primary care sector and your GP deliver Health-care to the community. If you received a message from your local GP (which may have also had Vensa on it) please be re-assured the purpose of the platform is to help the medical centres support their patients in receiving preventative primary care services (Also part of Ministry of Health Target compliance). The specific campaign is to provide advice and assistance to enrolled patients around specific initiatives eg: smoking brief advice, baby immunisations. Vensa does NOT use or disclose any personal information. Control and privacy of information remain with your GP practitioner. Vensa has been through a process of getting consent from the privacy commissioner on this and is operating on guidelines with the Ministry of Health. Please visit Vensa.com for more information.